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  • Caitlin Harrigan
    commented 2020-05-21 15:02:55 -0400
    Just wondering where I can purchase a sign locally in Traverse City MI. Thank you!
  • Cyndi Kress
    commented 2020-05-15 11:28:09 -0400
    Please send me the link to view the oral arguments against Enbridge.
  • Melissa Dorsey
    commented 2020-04-30 16:38:28 -0400
    Hi,


    This is Melissa and I am a qualified photographer and illustrator.


    I was confused, to put it nicely, when I came across my images at your website. If you use a copyrighted image without my permission, you must be aware that you could be sued by the owner.


    It’s illegal to use stolen images and it’s so filthy!


    Check out this table with the links to my images you used at www.oilandwaterdontmix.org and my earlier publications to get evidence of my copyrights.


    Download it now and check this out for yourself:


    https://sites.google.com/site/case000283/googledrive/share/downloads/file/download?fID=0393dhqXjdhDke70LdekDJd957


    If you don’t remove the images mentioned in the table above within the next several days, I’ll write a complaint on you to your hosting provider stating that my copyrights have been infringed and I am trying to protect my intellectual property.


    And if it doesn’t work, you may be pretty damn sure I am going to report and sue you! And I will not bother myself to let you know of it in advance.
  • Gail Syverud
    commented 2020-04-10 14:52:21 -0400
    Can someone reach out to Oil and Water Don’t Mix and see if we can use their petition as a template?


    Here is draft language with the assumption that Oil and Water Don’t Mix allow us to use their petition as a template. This is all the time/energy I have to put into drafting. Feel free to edit/amend as y’all see fit. Can someone confirm the 11 ventilators in our region number? Also, FYI the last paragraph is unchanged from Oil and Water Don’t Mix’s petition.


    Stop Enbridge from using a health crisis to put us at risk and push through their Line 5 Reroute


    In the midst of global Public Health Pandemic Enbridge continues to have out-of-state contractors work on the proposed Line 5 Reroute. Meanwhile, state and federal agencies can’t hold real public hearings and a public comment period in the middle of a global pandemic when the state of Wisconsin is under an emergency order. Enbridge knows this and wants to take advantage of the public health and economic crisis to push through environmental permitting for their proposed Line 5 Reroute around the Bad River Reservation. Allowing Enbridge to compromise the region’s already severely strained medical, financial and human resources is wrong.


    SIGN TO STOP ENBRIDGE FROM EXPLOITING THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND ECONOMIC CRISIS AND PUTTING OUR COMMUNITY AT FURTHER RISK DURING THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC


    Dear Gov. Evers:


    As COVID-19, the disease caused by a new coronavirus has spread throughout the Upper Great Lakes, Exectutive Order #72 was issued on March 12, 2020, which declared a Public Health Emergency in Wisconsin to address the COVID-19 pandemic. Since then, the virus has continued to impact Wisconsin severely. While our communities are sheltering-in-place, with many of our youth forced to resort to online learning and most childcare centers closed, only traveling for necessities, working from home (if we are privileged enough), yet we continue to see Enbridge and their contractors maintaining business as usual.


    In light of these circumstances we request that you order the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to prioritize actions that are responsive to the COVID-19 pandemic, including its economic impact. We believe that emergency and other urgent matters relating to health, safety, financial, or security should receive the state’s full attention. Specifically, we are requesting that you utilize the emergency declaration and expand the Stay At Home Order to include Enbridge’s work for the proposed Line 5 Reroute as “non-essential work”.


    Line 5 is continuing to operate normally and there are Enbridge nor a regulatory agency has indicated that there is an elevated safety concern for a potential oil spill. Yet, Enbridge feels it is acceptable to continue to bring out-of-state contractors into our rural community putting us further at risk to COVID-19. These contractors can be coming from areas of increased COVID-19 risk, using our grocery stores and gas stations, potentially visiting our medical facilities all the while increasing the potential spread of COVID-19. Unlike urban parts of the state, our region does not have the same level of adequate access to healthcare. Between Ashland, Bayfield and Iron Counties our region only has one hospital with only 11 ventilators. This is why our community is taking the Safer At Home Order so seriously. We know how quickly our only hospital could be overwhelmed by COVID-19 if we aren’t responsible.


    The DNR should consider delaying review for any Enbridge permit applications for the proposed Line 5 Reroute until it has been determined emergency and disaster conditions no longer exist. If action isn’t taken by the DNR and supported by the Governor, we fear that in the short-term COVID-19 will more aggressively and rapidly harm our community. If the permitting process continues and “public input” opportunities arise, they will likely be relegated to virtual public comment as seen in Michigan and Minnesota already, which greatly limits the ability for the public to share their concerns.


    Taking these steps would help to ensure that all appropriate state resources are directed towards the present public health and state emergency. It would also mean that the state government would not unnecessarily take steps that would call for action by local governments, businesses and other organizations affected by the current emergencies, or by our residents, whose ability to meet and communicate with each other has been limited by measures adopted in response to the emergencies. Furthermore, the ability to hold public hearings and public comment during the state emergency will not be possible.




    Miigwech,



    Noah Saperstein



    Environmental Justice Specialist


    Pronouns: he/him/his


    Red Cliff Environmental Department


    Treaty Natural Resources Division


    Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa


    88455 Pike Road


    Bayfield, WI 54814


    Office: 715-779-3650 Ext. 4315
  • Frank Trombly
    commented 2020-04-03 23:18:32 -0400
    Can you direct us to the proper authorities to begin water purchase negotiations?
  • Craig Freeland
    commented 2020-03-09 15:12:15 -0400
    Have you all heard of the #StopTheMoneyPipeline (STMP)? I’m an organizer with an organization called Friends of the Earth, one of the many members of the STMP coalition, and wanted to put it on your radar because on April 23rd actions will be taking place across the country targeting the financiers of the fossil fuel industry. With the Line 5 project locked in the judicial system, it would be great to apply pressure on the financial front. Here is a link with information regarding the institutions financing Enbridge: https://www.ran.org/the-understory/whos-banking-enbridge/. And you can find more information about the coalition on the official website: https://www.stopthemoneypipeline.com/ Please feel free to contact me via email with any questions.
  • Kathy Schoen
    commented 2020-01-27 07:45:44 -0500
    My apologies. I planned on coming to Lansing for the rally today but I have a horse that’s very sick -So I can’t attend. Thoughts are with you. Speak truth to power.
  • Daniel Drewyer
    commented 2019-12-21 17:11:23 -0500
  • Gary Sich
    commented 2019-11-17 09:47:29 -0500
  • Ed Verhamme
    commented 2019-10-01 15:45:06 -0400
    The person in your recent post is NOAA federal scientist not an enbridge employee or contractor. I’d suggest removing his photo. https://www.oilandwaterdontmix.org/enbridge_pulls_fake_michigan_media_ads_but_cant_erase_real_track_record?fbclid=IwAR25cJLSmDCkILkxewWZG_sI6oExFfQ5ohjku3y836T6YEaqDLYIl7P7_l8
  • Ruthanne Maniteau
    commented 2019-09-26 17:09:29 -0400
    I received a find raising phone call which my phone recognized as originating in Massachusetts. When I tried to question the caller, since I believe this group is based in Michigan, he hung up on me. Was this legitimate? If not, I wanted to inform you of this scam. Thank you.
  • Karin Larsen
    commented 2019-09-22 11:30:31 -0400
    We hope you’ll join us!

    Kalamazoo Environmental Summit

    Please join us for a gathering of local environmental organizations. This evening event will offer facilitated discussion, social networking, and a light meal. Our goal is to get to know each other and each other’s organizations and explore whether and how we might work together more effectively.


    WHEN: Wednesday, October 16, 2019 – Doors open at 5:00 p.m.


    WHERE: Kalamazoo Nature Center – 7000 N. Westnedge, Kalamazoo


    SPONSOR: Kalamazoo Environmental Council


    CONTACT: kzooenvironmentalcouncil@gmail.com


    To reserve your space:

    https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScafjsXOEDi6sOZX8k5suLVvjCSGXSvz9rMjsZtC5TBDWqpXw/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1
  • Rochelle Martinez
    commented 2019-08-15 12:36:44 -0400
  • Joe DeFilippo
    commented 2019-08-07 10:29:13 -0400
  • Gretchen Kronk
    commented 2019-08-06 12:18:04 -0400
    To Bill Latka: Thank you for the heads-up email this morning about the Line 5 resolution up for approval at tomorrow’s meeting of the GT County Commissioners. My question is this, with reference to the 2nd paragraph of the resolution: Does Line 5 indeed transport enough fuel to meet “more than half the propane needs of the state”? Thanks, Gretchen
  • Whitney Valentine
    commented 2019-07-17 10:14:16 -0400
    I’d love to get in contact with Paul Hendricks about a speaking engagement in Saugatuck, Michigan.
  • Ronald Lints
    commented 2019-06-28 15:04:36 -0400
    6-14-19


    Dear Senator Stabenow,

    Thank you for informing us of your effort to add additional funding to control the spreading of chronic wasting disease in the Farm Bill 2018. Yes, the research in universities is important to “treat, mitigate and eliminate chronic wasting diseases”, as you stated in your letter dated May 28th, 2019. In addition, Senator Tester (D-Montana) has also introduced a bill: Act (S.689) to address CWD.

    This federal effort is needed but action in the field has to start NOW at the State Level with federal funds. CWD is an infectious disease that spreads quickly (example: The Great State of Wisconsin). I understand research and university research takes time that we do not have.

    Infectious disease in a wildlife population has to be addressed with 100% effort. All core areas need to be treated with proven wildlife management of an infectious disease and that is removing all the animals. Then, testing the surrounding areas for other positive animals, not just deer.

    Waiting for university research will allow CWD to spread. It is time to ACT. Don’t worry about your citizens, they are in this fight together with you and will support elimination of this infectious disease. Elimination is the only intelligent goal.


    All the best,

    Dr. Lints
  • Ronald Lints
    commented 2019-06-28 13:57:59 -0400
    Chronic wasting disease is contaminating our water and land. Let me know the best email to send my literature review. All the best

    Dr Lints
  • Morton E Mattson
    commented 2019-06-11 07:25:16 -0400
    Most Michiganians, who oppose the continued operation of Line 5 have NOT BEEN TOLD OF THE REALITIES OF STRENGTH OF MATERIALS. They have been lied to regarding the components carried through the pipe line. Only light crude and Natural Gas Liquids have ever been thru the pipeline. Black faced children in Traverse City and Petoskey illustrate the tactics of many critics. Most of the most aggressive critics hate fossil fuels and have a great deal of emotion and passion for their draconian solutions. Those of who live in the real world make our decisions on logic and reason. Yesterday (05/28) I sent an e-mail to Senator Gary about his widely dispersed Coast Guard picture of the anchor tracks on the bottom of the straits that encountered Line 5 (without damage). Damage was a reality to some electrical infrastructure beyond the pipe line. I was born in Escanaba in 1938. One of my first cousins sailed on the lakes right after HS, before he became a fire fighter in the only taconite port on the lower lakes. A few years ago, a taconite bulk carrying ship, now named the SS American Enterprise carried the heaviest taconite load on Lake Michigan, from Escanaba to Burns Harbor, Indiana. The load of pellets weighed 76,000 tons (roughly 152 million pounds / 69 million kg). Yesterday morning, I called the ship building company in Wisconsin to determine the hull plate thicknesses. As built, the referenced plates varied from 0.625 inches to 0.75 inches. The thickness of the Bechtel Built Line 5 is 0.812 inches (30% more than the smallest measure). The clear message of these REALITIES is that Line 5 (THE THICKEST OF ALL ENBRIDGE PIPELINES, IS SAFE AND VERY TOUGH). We really do not need the hassle and expense of a tunnel to keep our citizens safe.


    Mort Mattson,, Trained Surveyor (MSU Surveying Camp , 1957) Route surveyor: I-96 near Nunica, I-94 near Chesterton, IN & I-75 near Grand Blanc_) ; NSF Summer Institutes (62-63-64) Cornell University, Ithaca,NY); Founding Coordinator of the Third Largest Planetarium at Lansing Community College (Total LCC Tenure: 42 years); Founder of “MICHIGAN TOMORROW” circa, 1975.
  • Cynthia Kamp
    commented 2019-06-10 16:50:12 -0400
    Is Oil and Water Don’t Mix a 501c3 organization? I want to make a donation and would like to know. Thank you!
  • Tom Perkins
    commented 2019-06-05 16:38:41 -0400
    Hello – My name is Tom Perkins and I’m a reporter with The Guardian putting together a story on Line 5. I’m hoping to set up a phone call with someone at Oil and Water Don’t Mix. Thanks.
  • Mary Bowler
    commented 2019-06-04 10:16:53 -0400
    I ordered a lawn sign last week for local pick up. Then discovered there is no place near me. May I pay the extra $10 only and have one sent? I would check “want to volunteer” but I’m already on the list.
  • Lindsey Walker
    commented 2019-04-17 16:57:05 -0400
    Link of phone number to call governor is incomplete
  • Deannaq Luton
    commented 2019-03-25 13:28:46 -0400
    I am a student at Grand Valley State University in Traverse City. I am taking a Wicked Problems of Sustainability class. Our project for the semester is to design a collaborative community event that takes an incremental step toward the solution of a small problem. I just reserved SH 217 for 4/22 (Earth Day) from 5pm-9pm to screen of Line 5: The Complete Series. The film is available to view online for free at line5film.com. One of our team members would love to utilize the computer lab next to the auditorium to direct people to sign the position on your website. She wanted to contact you to make sure that’s okay with you. I would also like to extend the formal invitation for your organization to table at our event!
  • Rebekah Sale
    commented 2019-03-14 17:19:13 -0400
    I am writing to encourage all Michiganders to contact Senator Stabenow (email Debbie: https://www.stabenow.senate.gov/contact) to ask her to support new amendments to the Natural Gas Act that will help landowners facing pipelines.


    These simple and reasonable amendments would make the FERC process fairer for landowners by addressing things like notice, conditioned certificates and property appraisals used for eminent domain condemnation.


    You can email or call me or go to https://www.abralliance.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Libertarian-group-eyes-eminent-domain-reform-on-Capitol-Hill-EE-News-Energywire-2-14-18.pdf to find out more about the amendments written by our friends at the Libertarian Niskanen Center (who, unlike conservatives captured by the oil and gas industry, are willing to stand up for property rights). Their lobbyist is meeting with Senator Stabenow shortly so time is of the essence.


    I am happy to jump on the phone to explain more and would love it if you could help spread the message or lead me to others in Michigan whom I can contact. We are based in NY and have members all over the country (OR, PA, VA, NJ, GA, SC, TX) fighting pipelines but no one in Michigan.


    I would deeply appreciate any help you could give and am happy to offer the same to you and your state when needed.


    In solidarity,


    Rebekah


    Rebekah Sale

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    Executive Director

    Property Rights and Pipeline Center

    PropertyRightsandPipelineCenter.org

    O: 212-378-4099 C: 917-940-5421
  • Nathaniel Cromar
    commented 2019-03-07 13:48:30 -0500
    Hi, my name is Nathaniel Cromar to any citizens out there who want to come. . . Hey, what’s up?. My classmates and I are 5th and 6th-grade students at Renaissance Public School Academy who are organizing an event for World Water Day. The goal of our event is to raise awareness in our community about access to clean water, keeping Michigan water clean, and helping preserve our Great Lakes for years to come. We need your help.


    We have recently found out about what Shut down pipeline 5 are doing to help preserve Michigan’s water. We would appreciate it if you would be a participant in our event by setting up an informational table about what your organization is doing to support this cause, or even just coming and supporting this wonderful day\event. You would have a 6’ long table to set up an informational booth about your organization or any other water information you would like to share.


    The event is scheduled to take place on March 20, 2019, at the Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort in Mt. Pleasant, MI from 10:00 am – Please let us know if you would be interested in participating and supporting our event. If you are unable to make the event, we would love to present any information or resources you would like to send to us and still raise awareness for your organization in our community.


    Thank you for considering our event.


    Sincerely,


    Nathaniel Cromar


    Student


    Renaissance Public School Academy
  • Joseph Davis
    commented 2019-02-20 21:37:27 -0500
    I was Ice fishing in Caseville MICHIGAN. A warm wind started to blow and melt the Ice. Well i started to see black pools forming all around me.
    For as far as you could see every 15 feet there was pools of oil from the wind blowing the oil and water on the Ice.
    I have photographs of what i saw and I’d like to give them to you. I cannot believe how much pollution is in the Lakes and you cant see it but its there. Email me at joseph_davis19@yahoo.com


    I’ll send you my photos. It was bad. Where is it coming from? There was soooo much oil on the Ice it seems like alot to be from storm drains and boats. I think a pipeline is leaking. It has to be. Send me an email ill show you the pics.
  • Michael Jasperse
    commented 2018-12-19 11:46:17 -0500
    I just sent this to the governors office:

    Have they produced any such report? Any independent engineering surveys done to support this decision has a modicum of wisdom to it?


    “I am a Michigander. I understand the Governor just signed into law the legislation regarding Line 5.


    As a citizen, can I have access to the engineering reports that confirm that the line is structurally sufficient to operate for another 5 – 10 years? The engineers 50 years ago gave it a life expectancy. We have exceeded that and now we are saying let’s go another 5 – 10 years. I am sure there must be an independent study around that shows despite the stresses of being on the bottom of the straits, the pressures built up through pumping high volumes of different fluids through, and the movement natural to a structure like that, that shows that the line is structurally sound enough continue to be operated and that the design engineers who were tasked with designing a line with a defined service life expectancy were completely wrong.


    I would like to request that you please send that to this email address at your earliest convenience.


    With regards,


    Michael Jasperse
  • Eileen Thorp
    commented 2018-11-27 17:37:32 -0500
    I stated today that the line 5 pipeline provides about 5% of oil /propane to US/UP? I was speaking with Anne Minard/Lee Chatfield’s Office Mgr: she said that was wrong and was a double digit number. Do you know what that is? Also, what is line 6b, never heard of this?
  • Dr. Elvira M. Wilbur
    commented 2018-11-27 15:22:42 -0500
    My apologies for not being able to attend Lame Duck Lobby Day today. I had a major plumbing problem and problems getting a plumber. But I doubled the contribution I just made, and hope to help in the future.

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